ARANMORE college soccer player Daisy McAllister is confident WA’s Under 13 girls team has a fighting chance at the national youth championship at Coffs Harbour this year.
It’s the second time the 12-year-old will be heading east and she’s keen to hit the field again.
“I’ve already been to Adelaide for a national tournament. I’m excited but I’m not really nervous,” she says.
“It could be a bit hard but I think we’ve got a really strong team and have the capacity to do really well.”
The Matildas (Australia’s senior women’s team) qualified for the Rio summer Olympics this year, and women’s soccer is seeing a rapid growth in popularity around Australia.
Daisy plays against boys on the weekends and says it’s a different game. “The style of play is a bit different, they boot it a lot stronger and further. The girls play it on the ground and pass it more. The boys tend to be more physical.”
Football West is sending Daisy and 14 other under 13 girls to Coffs harbour in July for the tournament. WA slid into fourth place last year.
by TRILOKESH CHANMUGAM